I love Nate Berkus’s Veggie Ball recipe, and have made it often (I’m sure you can find it on his web site). However, it’s one of those recipes you pretty much spend the entire day making, so it’s quite a commitment. But it’s well worth the trouble–the recipe makes a lot of them, and they are great as a snack, side dish or even a main course. My mom found another veggie ball recipe recently, and today I made them.
This recipe was a lot simpler than Nate’s, and they were delicious. One of the ingredients is frozen spinach; thawed of course. So I mixed all the ingredients together, shaped them into 1″ ovals, and baked them for 30 minutes at 450 degrees. Once they cooled, I ate some with BBQ sauce, and they were fantastic. I did a few things around the house and about an hour later, I decided to have a few more veggie balls. One or two of them had split in the oven, and as I reached for one, I noticed that there was a tiny little worm squirming its way out of the inside.
Mind you, I had already eaten about six of them. The only thing I can think of was that there was already a worm or two (yikes!) in the spinach. But here’s the mystery: how in the world did a worm survive a 450 degree oven for 30 minutes?? I guess at this point I’m more fascinated than grossed out.
But of course, the Crankee Yankee (my husband) has come up with his own unique theory, and here it is (queue up the X-Files music): he surmised that this little worm is an alien life form, come to Earth on a small meteor. Perhaps it landed in a field of spinach, still burning from its entry through our atmosphere. There it cooled in the field and became dormant. Then, and as luck would have it, it got picked up along with the spinach, packaged up and frozen. He went on to say that perhaps this worm can only thrive in a hot environment in excess of 450 degrees. In fact, he feels that, if it didn’t end up in the spinach and was left to its own devices, it would have eventually spontaneously combusted and dispersed itself into the atmosphere. It would then go on to be breathed in by the Earth’s population and therefore take over the world. Moo-ha-ha-ha!
He said it would make a great story. I told him I’d give it air time on Luluopolis and we’d see how it goes (Dear Stephen King: I don’t think you have anything to worry about). But I did also say, “Really?? This on top of ISIS and ebola?!”
So, Happy Halloween early, folks, and watch out for those fire-bred spinach worms from deep space.
Note: The veggie balls are now in our compost heap. We were going to leave them out for the skunks, but then they’d expect me to cook for them all the time. And they’d probably want more worms, too.